Some of the most popular Things to Do & attractions in edinburgh experience.
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, and a vibrant city full of culture, history, and beautiful landscapes. Edinburgh has been an important city for centuries, with a focus on education and art. Today, it is home to 500,000 people and a number of cultural events including the Edinburgh Fringe and Edinburgh Festival. The city has a relaxed but lively vibe, with something new and exciting happening every week. Edinburgh is the perfect gateway city into Scotland and Scottish culture. Here are some of the best things to do in Edinburgh this beautiful, calm, and active city.
Dominating the Edinburgh skyline, Edinburgh Castle sits atop Castle Rock, an extinct volcanic plug that elevates the formidable fortress high above the rest of the city. One of the most visited attractions in Scotland, parts of the castle date as far back to the 11th century. No visit to Edinburgh would be complete without a trip to this historical haven.
Holyrood Palace is the Scottish residence of the British monarchy, located near Edinburgh Castle. The palace was built in 1678 and has housed generations of kings and queens. Today, much of the historic palace has been preserved in order to showcase royal life in the 17th century. Explore Mary Queen of Scots’ chambers which includes a room where her secretary was murdered by her husband in 1566. For some art and a view into regal responsibilities, stop by the State Apartments which feature fine art and are still used today by the British Royal Family. Finish your trip with a rest at the palace café to enjoy a classic afternoon tea in an extravagant setting.
National Museum of Scotland
Even if you are skint there is always something you can do in Edinburgh there are dozens of museums and art galleries around Edinburgh but the National Museum is probably the favourite. Firstly, its massive like, 5 levels and as big as a football stadium in terms of length! With rotating national exhibitions that have included everything from woolly mammoths to the history of video games this place is never dull or repetitive. Its also got a whole section dedicated to Scottish history exploring everything from Braveheart (yes it was a real thing, no we don’t say ‘FREEDOM’) to the Scots contribution to engineering and technology. There is also a hall full of ‘kids interactive exhibits’ totally make sure you get a shot on the reaction tester. (You may have noticed there is a theme emerging around the choice of things to do #bigkids)
There’s certain destinations in most cities where we can visit that give us breathtaking views day or night and for is Arthurs seat. The challenging hike up the Scottish landscape is always worthwhile as you will be amazed by the beautiful view across the capital, not to mention the park was one of four hill forts dating back 2000 years ago. The attraction is accessible year-round. As well as Arthurs seat at the top of the park you may also like visit St. Anthony’s Chapel which is a 15th century chapel nearby. The park has impressive cliffs that reach 150m high that will also provide remarkable scenery.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
With a collection of over 15,000 plants, the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh has been caring and growing plants since 1670. The stunning gardens are the perfect place to will away an afternoon and unwind, whilst being surrounded by beautiful greenery and flowers from throughout the world. Entrance to the gardens is free of charge, meaning you get to make the most of your visit without opening your wallet.
So this one is a little bit on the outskirts of Edinburgh but its so good we had to count it. If the name sounds familiar its because you’ve probably heard about this famous little chapel. Steeped in the lore of the Templar’s and Holy Grail and featuring in the popular book series by Dan Brown. The chapel is a stunning building with guided tours running every day. The building and its grounds are a work of art, the Master and apprentice pillars are a marvel and you can spend hours wandering around reading up on its deep history and swooning over the intricate sculptures and their historical significance.
The iconic Forth Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge that arches over the Firth of Forth in Scotland. Situated 14 kilometers from Edinburgh’s city center, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was designed by English engineers, John Fowler and Benjamin Baker. The bridge and its associated railway infrastructure is owned by Network Rail.The distinctive red bridge, which links the villages of South Queensferry and North Queensferry, was opened by the Prince of Wales in March 1890, although was only classified as a UNESCO site on its 125th anniversary in 2015. The bridge spans a total length of almost 2500 meters and is an iconic symbol of Scotland’s engineering and architectural prowess and ingenuity. It also transports approximately 200 local and intercity trains across the Forth every single day.